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    Wow, Frank, that is quite the treatment you're giving the Strange Rover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P View Post
    If you have vacume driven accesories the diesel won't run them I'm sure. There must be some kinda vacuum generator available but I've not run across one. If you only have that one flap to operate how about hooking up a simple solid cable like a lawn mower throttle cable and hiding the lever up under the dash.

    Do Dodge/Chevy/Ford diesels have vacuum assisted brakes? What do the 200TDI Discos do for power brakes?
    Any idea why diesels don't produce vacuum like petrol motors? It looks like the engine does have a "vacuum generator" that runs off the cam (?) to power the brakes. So, I could probably T into that or do what you said with a cable system. All of the other functions of the HVAC are cable actuated. Last night I simply unhooked the vacuum system from the heater and gravity took over and the flap stays in the "fresh air" position - I'm thinking I might just leave it like that. I'm not sure it is worth too much effort to try to regain the recirculated air position and I no longer have A/C so that is a moot point. I'll post up a few pictures later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Wow, Frank, that is quite the treatment you're giving the Strange Rover.
    Yeah, it has snowballed out of control really. I'm too far in to stop now though!
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    So here's what I learned about the overly complicated fresh/recirculate flap on the RRC heater. With the vacuum supply cut off, the flap will revert to the recirculated position due to a spring in the actuator. However, with the actuator arm removed from the flap, it will revert to the fresh air position thanks to gravity - I'm going to give this a try and hope it works. Getting access to the actuator again once things are assembled isn't too bad if I screw this one up - you just need to remove the panel under the steering wheel.
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    Frank as far as I know Diesel's have no butterfly plate on the intake creating no intake suction/vacuum. All Diesels may not be created equally though. BTW, Diesel is a man's name and should always be capitalized even though I don't always remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P View Post
    Frank as far as I know Diesel's have no butterfly plate on the intake creating no intake suction/vacuum. All Diesels may not be created equally though. BTW, Diesel is a man's name and should always be capitalized even though I don't always remember.
    Good to know - thanks Rob. And I'll work on my capitalization...
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    Cool project. I remember this truck loosing its brakes when we drove into Renovo from Bill Simones cabin. Brake fluid was boiling?

    So where did you source the TDI engine from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sven View Post
    Cool project. I remember this truck loosing its brakes when we drove into Renovo from Bill Simones cabin. Brake fluid was boiling?

    So where did you source the TDI engine from?
    Yeah, I boiled the brake fluid - driver error. I should have gone into low range I guess to avoid using the brakes on that long decent. And on the way home the next day I lost a trans cooler line which was not fun to fix on the side of the road - luckily Dana and Jill came along and helped me patch things up.

    I got the engine, R380, and "install kit" from Jim at Red Hawk Rovers in Colorado. Jim is currently in Afghanistan so I'm not sure how/if the business is running at the moment, but he is still very responsive to emails and has been a big help getting the project started and keeping it moving along. I know I got the last Tdi set up he had but he said he intends to bring in more in the future.
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    I coaxed my friend into bringing his power washer over to get things all cleaned up for rust repair and some new undercoating. That power washer really worked great! I couldn't believe how easily it stripped the mud and grease off.
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    My steering box was the leakiest part of the car and it was the only component that actually left a puddle wherever I parked. In addition to that it felt like I was the captain of a ship with all the play. So, I bought a rebuilt steering box from Meridian to solve these problems. I thought about trying to rebuild it myself but I don't need anything else to slow me down right now so it was the credit card to the rescue.

    I really don't understand how you're supposed to remove the drop arm while the box is in the car. Mine was on so tight that a puller was useless. I'm sure heat would help but you'd ruin the seals (assuming you're only trying to replace the arm). Since everything was off the car, I propped it all up in the press and gave it a go that way. It worked, but I've never pulled this hard before on the lever - I was about to give up because I was bending the press frame and all of a sudden BANG - it came off!
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